May 22, 2011

Parore on top of the world

Dustin Silgardo

Cricketers often say they feel on top of the world, but Adam Parore, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper, can actually claim to have been there. After nearly two months in Nepal, he has finally made it to the summit of Mount Everest. Parore, however, told Radio Live that the feeling is not all sunshine and roses. "In a lot of ways, it was quite disappointing at the time because you didn't just have the faculties to actually enjoy it," he said.

Parore had suffered altitude sickness during the climb, and had to abandon his first attempt at the summit due to bad weather. "It hasn't really sunk in yet to be honest ... the physicality of it and the sheer physical and mental commitment to make the top," Parore said after reaching the top on the second attempt. "I never expected to make the summit so it was quite a pleasant surprise to actually get there.

"But what a view mate. You can see the end of the world but it's just a shame you don't know what you're looking at. But everyone here who has climbed before says as time goes past you start to appreciate it more and more."

The 40-year-old Parore will donate all the money he raised by scaling the peak to the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Dustin Silgardo is a former sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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